A French Senate report says French Polynesia's statute should be modernised.
The report has been compiled after a study tour and notes that the territory's government wants to have adjustments in particular over the way local laws are drawn up that define its powers.
The report said if the French Polynesian government didn't submit a reform plan by itself, the Senate would draw up a proposal.
The report also took note of concerns of politicians in the Marquesas Islands who felt that more power should be divested to them as control was concentrated in Tahiti.
It said compared to local government in France, the powers of the communes in the Marquesas were limited.